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Spotted Bush Snake

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: The spotted bush snake (Philothammus semivariegatus) excellent eyesight, quickly spotting prey and predator alike. They can climb rapidly and expertly and are difficult to detect in areas of vegetation. They prefer a habitat of open forest or savannah, extending into drier regions.

Threat displays include moving the head sideways, whilst the body remains still. The neck inflates revealing bright blue skin before it may strike.

Distribution: There is an isolated population in and around Aus. Other observations include Windhoek to Swakopmund extending north through Etosha National Park and as far north as Ruacana Falls and east to the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and Victoria Falls.

Diet: Hunts geckos, chameleons and tree frogs amongst the shrubs and bushes on rocky ridges or along river courses.

Colouring: A bright green to olive body with dark bars and spots adorning the forebody. The head is blue-green or green. The belly is white-greenish.

Breeding: Females lay between 3 and 20 elongated eggs in midsummer.

Size: Max SVL male 825mm, female 850mm.

Bahnhof Hotel

A lovely country hotel in the small village of Aus

Eagles Nest Lodge

Self-catering, rock bungalows on the Klein Aus Vista property. As Eagles Nest has no restaurant facilities guests are welcome to use the restaurant at Desert Horse Inn. This is a beautiful place to spend a few nights enjoying the beauty of southern Namibia

Desert Horse Inn

Named after the desert horses which are one of the main reasons for visiting the area, this is the more main stream lodge on the Klein Aus Vista property